What did Rick Ocasek use in the Cars?

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  1. grantford

    grantford Member

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    Thinking about "Just what I needed", the twangier overdriven guitar on the right. I think that is rick with a telecaster. The solo, too! What amp? I'm diggin' it!

    THanks,
     
  2. gtrguy17

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    Can't say for sure, but in this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCXkAN28urU

    Elliot is playing a tele through 2 Marshall half-stacks and Rick is playing a Gibson (345?) through 2 Marshalls as well..
     
  3. grantford

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    Interesting. Thanks for posting that. I guess if I knew who played which parts I could have asked the question better. Anybody else have any info about the studio recording?
     
  4. Lawn Jockey

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    Ask Elliot over at the Les Paul Forum. He'll probably tell you.:dude
     
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    Eliot is a great player. A lot of folks aren't aware of how versatile a player he is. He kills playing Blues and Country. I had many fun jams and a did few gigs with him during the years just before The Cars.
     
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    Elliot and Rick used Dean guitars (Cadillac) and Marshalls for a lot of stuff.
     
  7. bosstone

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    Elliott used a Tele with a humbucker in the neck position most of the time.
     
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    Paulina Porizkova? Sorry, I'm just envious of the man.
     
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    I read somewhere that the first Cars album was done with Ampegs.
     
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    I love his picken style in non picken style songs. Just great lead and fill work.
     
  11. bosstone

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    I wonder which Ampegs. I'd be very curious. I never thought much about Ampegs until about three years ago. Since then I bought a Gemini I (wow what a great 22 watt combo and easily on par with the 64 Deluxe Reverb I owned). Now I have a VL-502 and VL 503. The VL's are fantastic amps that never caught on, I think mostly because of the dominance of Marshall at the time and that they had more of a stodgy image or thought of mostly as a bass amp company.
     
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    had to be something simple, i can recall he saying something like
    "touch and go"
     
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    One of the best sounding 4x12 cabs I ever heard was an old Ampeg. As far as the VL series amps, they are killer. Very underated. Dammit, another amp I need to get. You guys are killing me:FM
     
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    As someone mentioned, check the LP Forum as he posts there and has answered the question of what guitars/amps he has used on recordings.
     
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    Agreed. He's a regular there, and as nice a guy as you could wish for. Quite open. He was even chiming in while out on the New Cars tour last year with show reports. How cool is that?
     
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    There was a recent thread on the LPF asking Elliot about equipment used on certain recordings. His answers go along the lines of "No mystery guys - I was using a Tele and an Ampeg model xxxxx. I couldn't afford anything better."
     
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    Here's the actual quote from Elliot:

    "The gear is really no big deal. It's a '77 Telecaster with a Hi-A Bartolini mini-humbucker Firebird pickup in the neck postion. It's plugged into a small combo, either an Ampeg VT-22, VT-44 or a twin, and the slapback is a Morley Echo-Volume pedal with a rotating magnetic disc instead of tape. (digital delays didn't exist yet, I don't think and certainly not in pedal form in 1977). It's just what I owned at that point, there was no big intent behind it. All I had was the Tele, a Les Paul Standard and a Martin D-35 for that first record."
     

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